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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2017, 12:20:13 AM »
looking a little better all the time.
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #31 on: September 03, 2017, 08:55:14 PM »
Looking good....for a CAT

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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #32 on: September 03, 2017, 09:33:31 PM »
looks good  thumbsup2
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #33 on: September 20, 2017, 08:32:36 AM »
More beauty work completed over the weekend. We removed the grill and nose light assembly. The grill was pretty out of shape. We reshaped it and beat some dents out then re painted it. The headlight where very foggy and filled with mold/algie. I used a lens buffing kit and the lenes clearded up quite well. With some soap and elbow grease the green goo from the inside of the lights came out. Pulled the headliner, all interior panels, and the dash. Again the amount of dirt and cotton hulls hidden behind everything was amazing. The rat that was living in the top of the cab found the radio wiring was yummy, so we pulled all of the speaker wire and replaced it along with speakers and the radio which where all trashed with age and abuse.

The whole electrical system on this has been sketchy at best since we brought it home. I think we figured out why. The side glass that had been busted out of it for who knows how long was right beside the post where all of the relays and fuses are. I pulled one of the relays for the lights and jumped it, then bam all of the light work. All relays have been ordered. Once we receive them and install them, we will button up the cab and should be finished with the inside.

With a few more items to check off like installing some lights, a new pto switch, paint the frame and rear area then cleaning the windows we should be done. We where going to paint the undercarriage but we have about decided not mess with it at this time. New tracks and some bogie wheels are in the future so there is not much need in making the roller assembly all nice just to scratch it all up this winter. Final pictures next week!
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #34 on: September 20, 2017, 09:25:22 AM »
So given all the work you have and will do on the tractor, is it still a good deal?  Not asking to be a smart a$$ just curious.  I bought a mini van at an auction that I thought was a great deal. By the time I got it through inspection and running right, I paid almost what it was worth.  That said, it has been a great vehicle for us for its intended purpose so I can't complain.
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #35 on: September 20, 2017, 10:40:16 AM »
I believe so, I had been following the market on these machines for quite awhile. The reason we jumped on this one is we where able to pick it up at almost a 1/3 of market average. The dealer didnt want it on his lot and they are not very popular in the south.

Keep in mind 50% or so of the work we have done is cosmetic or creature comforts. Does the frame need repainted? No but its cheap and easy and makes the tractor look better. Does it need the radio replaced? Not really but we have a radio and speakers leftover some a different project. We have done all the work our selves and the majority of the cat parts purchased came through my brother in law who works for cat and gets parts at cost.

All in all we will have a $25K machine for about 13.5K investment. If everything works out this fall and we like how the machine performs we will most likely purchase rebuilt undercarriage parts (tracks, roller boggies, and maybe a drive wheel). This would but this tractor in the $35k-$50k range for about $21k investment, but I doubt we would sell if we invest in the undercarriage.

I think that we are also starting to see a move in the ag industry like we have in trucking. Smaller operations dont want to take on the mountain of debt for a machine that can only be worked on at the dealer because it takes computer and $20,000 worth of emissions bull SHF to run. Large operations that lease or rotate there equipment every 2 years can afford that, it doesn't make financial since in our world. 

Much like your I think this will make us a great tractor that we wont complain about. But unlike your van I think we will be solidly in the black when its all said and done.  wavebeer

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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #36 on: September 22, 2017, 08:57:04 AM »
Cool, glad its still a great deal for you and I appreciate the sense of satisfaction you get from fixing up a turd into a nice piece of equipment that will serve you well.

Just showed the van a little love yesterday and picked up a pair of tires for it lolx  Also got 4 tires for the work truck that it will likely never wear out scratchhead
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
« Reply #37 on: September 22, 2017, 10:46:53 PM »
Cool, glad its still a great deal for you and I appreciate the sense of satisfaction you get from fixing up a turd into a nice piece of equipment that will serve you well.

Just showed the van a little love yesterday and picked up a pair of tires for it lolx  Also got 4 tires for the work truck that it will likely never wear out scratchhead

I'm always on the lookout for tires for our vehicles. Might not need them now but I will need them eventually.  Buy them when they're cheap.  I've got a source that sells me take offs for dirt cheap.  Still have the fuzzies on them most times.
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Re: New to the farm, Cheep HP Cat Challenger 55
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